Jeep originally planned to make the 2017 Jeep Wrangler with an all-aluminum body, but speaking to Automotive News Europe, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has revealed that the plan has been iced due to cost concerns. Marchionne said that the company would have certain components made of aluminum such as the hood, doors and tailgate for weight-saving, but would not use an all aluminum body.
According to the report, the company crunched the numbers and simulated the mileage and effect of using an all-aluminum body. Considering the cost of material and assembly process compared with the outcomes of using an all-aluminum body, the company found that they can do almost as well without an all-aluminum setup.
For making the all-new Wrangler with an all-aluminum body, its Toledo plant in Ohio would require a complete refitting. Such an extensive factory revamp would be unnecessary if only the components were to be made of the light weight material.
Moreover, the CEO also revealed that the next generation Grand Cherokee which due in 2017, maybe delayed so that it can be jointly developed with the Grand Wagoneer which is scheduled to go on sale in 2018.
More details about the 2017 Jeep Wrangler can be found here.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]